How to Build a Motorized Electric Skateboard

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How to Build a Motorized Electric Skateboard
A skateboarder is always looking to go faster. (skateboard image by Paul Moore from

Riding a skateboard can be a thrilling experience. In fact, riders throughout the world are constantly trying to push the art of skateboarding to the limit in the hopes of redefining this adrenalin-inducing sport. For instance, many riders have begun using motorised electric skateboards. These boards have an average speed of around 10 to 30 miles per hour, depending on the size of the motor. Compared to an average man-powered skateboard, these boards are much faster. While commercially sold motorised boards are quite expensive, they are relatively easy to make at home.

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Things you need

  • Skateboard
  • Electric skateboard motor kit
  • Phillips-head screwdriver and wrench or skate key
  • Drill
  • Pencil
  • Ruler

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  1. 1

    Purchase an electric skateboard motor kit. This type of kit will include an electric motor, brakes, batteries, a charger, a remote and all of the necessary pieces required to attach the motor to the board. An electric skateboard motor kit can be purchased either at a skate shop or online.

  2. 2

    Familiarise yourself with the instructions and the content of the kit. Though the process is relatively simple, it is important that you follow the instructions carefully. Failure to do so may cause damage not only to your motor but also your board as well.

  3. 3

    Remove the rear truck and the wheels using a skate key. If you do not have a skate key, you can use a wrench and a Phillips-head screw driver instead. Following the instructions, place your motor on the rear portion of your board to get an idea of where it should be and how it will look.

  4. 4

    Mark the drill points for your motor using your pencil. It is imperative that the drill points are accurate or else your engine will not be able to properly power your rear wheels. Double check your markings and then drill. Remember to drill straight down and not at an angle.

  5. 5

    Attach the motor using the bolts and nuts that came with the kit. Make sure that the engine is attached firmly to the deck. Then, reattach the wheels and your truck to the board, remembering to place the belt pulley on the rear wheel closest to the drive.

  6. 6

    Attach the belt to the rear wheel. After connecting the belt to the motor, connect it to the rear wheel. If there is any slack on the belt, you can place washers on the rear truck axles. This should take up any additional space and allow for the belt to fit snugly.

  7. 7

    Attach the accelerator to the engine and test the motor. Follow the instructions to make sure the accelerator is fitted correctly to the motor. Then test the motor using your remote.

Tips and warnings

  • Remember to follow the instructions carefully and to always double check your measurements. When riding your motorised skateboard, remember to where proper safety gear.

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